Mother’s Day is today and I am so excited. For me, its not about the gifts, meals or extra things everyone does in the day that make the day special. It is the day itself. Mother’s Day. The day that I reflect on my role as a mother and how lucky I am to have that.
I had the opportunity to attend my oldest daughter’s spring concert this week, and I was also invited to a Mother’s Day brunch at her school. Both times I cried. Everyone around me thought it was adorable that I was so touched by the moment, or the hand-made gift, but it was so much more than that.
In those moments, I remember back almost six years ago when we had our first miscarriage. Then at five and a half years ago when I was told that I most likely had polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), that I had only one functioning ovary and that my chances were close to none that we would have a baby in that state. Then 10 days after that when I found out that I was already pregnant with what is now this beautiful girl who made me the best hand-made craft ever.
I know how lucky I am on Mother’s Day and every day. But not everyone is as fortunate. For this reason, I am asking you to consider signing the Generations of Hope petition.
One in six couples struggle with infertility which has been recognized as a complex health issue by the WHO. Despite the fact that we have universal health care in Canada Alberta Health Care does not cover any of the cost of ivf fertilization. That means couples often pay out of pocket $13,000 for the chance to conceive.
Generations of Hope advocates for public funding for IVF.Generations of Hope is advocating for better funding for IVF from government and private employers. They believe all families are beautiful no matter how they are created. They also view infertility as a medical issue that requires support.
From my heart, I wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day.
Disclosure: I am a valued member of the Generations of Hope #ABHC4IVF blog team. As such, I received compensation, but my opinion is all my own.